My daughter is officially weaned. It has been almost four weeks since she nursed last. The remnants of whatever varieties of breast infections that drove the weaning seem to have subsided, along with any post weaning blocked ducts. After two weeks of sleep training, my daughter seems to be finally sleeping through the night and napping as well. After 13 months of sporadic cat naps and multiple night wakings, she now sleeps from 8:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. and takes two, hour and a half long naps a day. It’s amazing how great it feels to get a good night’s sleep and have a few hours to myself during the day. This is how I thought it would be with a baby. Except when most of my friends were experiencing this bliss, their babies were four or five months old.
I could feel bitter about it, but I’m too busy enjoying this new found freedom. Mind you, I do treasure those naptimes and feel like I can’t get nearly enough done during that time, but at least, I finally have them. I’m hopeful that I may finally be able to write regularly, the way I always imagined I would when I was a stay at home mom. I know that a 13 month old probably won’t keep taking two naps a day for too long, but I’m going to enjoy it while it lasts. I enjoy being with my daughter more during the day when I’ve had a good night’s rest, and finally having time together in the evening is doing wonders for my marriage. Let’s hope it continues and that we can enjoy it for a while before we decide to have another child and start this process all over again.